Duluth to host powerlifting state championship

The state championship in powerlifting is coming to Gwinnett.

Duluth High School will host the inaugural Georgia High School Powerlifting state championship on March 10.

The event will feature athletes from all over the state competing in the squat, bench press and deadlift.

"It's the state championship for powerlifting in high school," said Josh Rohr, the Georgia High School powerlifting director. "It gives kids a chance to compete and further themselves in the sport."

The powerlifting competition is different from the Georgia Coaches Association weightlifting competition, which tests the squat, bench press and power clean.

"We're not geared towards just football players, it's for anyone that wants to participate in powerlifting," Rohr said.

The powerlifting state championship is for male and female athletes in the GHSA or GISA. The event is sanctioned by USA powerlifting and athletes can qualify for the national tournament.

Some of the top local athletes in the competition are Peachtree Ridge's Victoria Robinson, a national runner-up last year, starting center on the football team Nick Perrotta and Duluth's E.J. Hill.

There are 11 weight classes for boys and 10 for girls. The three best scores from each lift will determine the winner. The weight class winners will also qualify to compete for Team Georgia in the Southeastern High School State Wars on April 28, which will feature state champion teams from around the South.

Each school can enter six boys and six girls for their team. The top team will receive $1,000 in weight room equipment for their school.

Door prizes and awards for the pound-for-pound best lifter will also be given away.